Updates — October
- We are pleased to announce our keynote speakers: Eli Goldblatt and Paul Feigenbaum
- DeepThinkTank Facilitators and Editors Roundtable participants continue developing!
- To submit a proposal, please read the Call for Participation page.
- — now accepting proposals for presentation, panel, workshop, and “digital poster” display!
- Presenters may also submit an article for consideration in special issues of Community Literacy Journal and Reflections: Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service Learning.
This is not your average conference, and the theme,
Building Engaged Infrastructure, isn’t just a concept
—it’s a challenge, a call to action.
The Program for Writing and Rhetoric at University of Colorado Boulder is proud to host the first Conference on Community Writing —a forum for scholars, teachers, program administrators, and community members to share scholarship and examine the theories, technologies, and best practices shaping Rhetoric and Composition, related disciplines, and the communities that house our institutions. We call together innovators and scholars who push a range of social boundaries in their use and study of rhetoric and writing (broadly conceived) in community settings, and teachers who encourage students to approach the act of composing as participatory members of publics beyond the classroom.
For community members who work outside of the university, the conference is an invitation to share expertise and experiences with writing and discourse as a means toward social change. The conference will bring together academics and community members to explore the relationships between communication, writing, and action as attendees work together to build sustainable communities, engaged departments, and professional identities that support engaged work.
Our charge to build community prompts us to envision new formats for knowledge-sharing. Attendees will have the chance to interact with nationally-known scholars in the field in DeepThink Tanks and workshops, organized to privilege and support collaboration between teachers, scholars, graduate students, and community members.
Space will be available for FlashLabs (think “pop-up roundtables”), groups of like-minded thinkers who want to continue conversations begun in sessions, DeepThink Tanks, or elsewhere. Organized through Twitter, the conference website, or during the conference, this FlashLab space will support collaboration, community, and practical relationship building.
We will offer the means for digital “poster” displays of multimodal community writing, presented throughout the conference.
After the conference, participants will have the opportunity to submit an article, which develops ideas from the conference, for consideration in special issues of two academic journals.
The goal of this conference is to create a national network of information, people, ideas, and support structures to make the work we do in and about our communities more sustainable, impactful, rewarding, and rewarded.
We will engage with each other and with the social, environmental, and economic issues our communities face, from the local to the global scale.
The DeepThink Tank sessions will be organized around the following themes:
- Community Literacy
- Poverty, Homelessness, Prisons
- Resilient Communities
- Social Entrepreneurship
- Professionalization and Engaged Infrastructure
Community writing, or public writing, seeks to productively partner academic epistemologies and methods with the needs of our various communities. As with any interdisciplinary or inter-organizational endeavor, the values of each party may seem to contradict or subsume the other.
This conference, however, will seek to develop the infrastructure necessary for sustainable partnerships between universities and the communities they study.
Such infrastructure will begin with the partnerships formed around understanding how to professionalize the work of community writing teachers and scholars whose efforts often are undervalued by academic cultures.
This approach will also challenge the barriers between communities and the universities that often seem detached from the cities and towns that house them.We will interrogate the modes of communication and circulation that support these connections.